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Highland Village

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Address: 4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: 902-725-2272
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's...

Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October.

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Be prepared for a little hike

Although a lot of uphill in the beginning, the ways of the early Scots to Nova Scotia is depicted by buildings, fantastic animinators and awe-inspiring scenery. Photographers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Cole Harbour, Canada
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Cole Harbour, Canada
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although a lot of uphill in the beginning, the ways of the early Scots to Nova Scotia is depicted by buildings, fantastic animinators and awe-inspiring scenery. Photographers paradise. The history is outstanding but have time, it takes a bit to see the entire layout of buildings, historical items and the breathtaking views. Not one to be missed. And they welcome... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Set in a very scenic, central part of Cape Breton Island, The Highland Village Museum is great place to stop for a visit. You can explore most of the museum at a pretty leisurely pace and still have the afternoon to explore other parts of the island. Being of Scottish decent, I was interested in the history and the stories... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautifully detailed description of your visit with us. You have painted a lovely picture with words. More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I love learning history and I had no knowledge of gaelic immigration before visiting. The site is nice, welcoming, the staff is knowledgeable, and interact with you to share their history. The views of Bras-d'or Lake are amazing. Tour takes about 1-2h. Visited with my kids aged from 4 to 8 and they liked it too, they liked the farm... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We love to celebrate our Gaelic roots and the fact that Cape Breton is the only place in North America where the language is still spoken. Great to hear your children also enjoyed the visit. Thanks for telling us about it. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is pretty similar to any Pioneer Life tourist attraction whether in Canada or the U.S. However, I would recommend checking the schedule because certain days they have Ceilidhs and the music is worth the price of admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate enough to be at this breath-takingly beautiful spot in Cape Breton on a sunny Saturday afternoon when local artists had gathered for a Ceilidh (KA lee). There were fiddlers, Gaelic singers, Highland dancers, bag pipers, and folk singers on stage all afternoon. The historic interpreters were very knowledgeable and entertaining. They also spoke Gaelic. We toured the... More 

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ho chi minh city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After 3 days trip in Cabot trail, we chose Highland Village Museum as last site to visit. From Whycocomagh, we drove about 25 mins and pass a water with small exciting ferry ( 7 cad ticket one way). Frist impression was very happy, the landscape is beautiful with the panaromic view 360 degrees from the top of hill. Museum have... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

So happy you saved some time on your visit to spend with us and glad you got to taste some tasty traditional food. Thank you for telling us about your experience. More 

Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful way to learn about the history of the island and of Canada - so entertaining and engaging. We had been staying in Grand Narrows, just across the straight, for three days and driven by the village a number of times, so thought we'd just "pop in" and have a look around. We were treated to a complete... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

What a great message to receive in the midst of a very busy summer! So glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for writing. More 

Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great museum. Entry price was really reasonable and it was really cool to have it start before the Scottish even left home. The people speak Gaelic which is a neat little addition and they are knowledgeable when you ask them questions. Views are amazing! Definitely worth a visit. Can get around it quickly if you are short... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit. We are pleased to be able to offer a family of four admission for the day for only $25. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled on this place during a vacation to Cape Breton, and also happened to be there for Donald Òg day (Aug 4). There were tons of staff doing interactive exhibits, and there was food tasting as well -- biscuits with jam and butter, fish cakes with relish, and white pudding. The place wasn't crowded at all, so the kids... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It's always so nice to hear how much children enjoy the site. Thanks for mentioning the Iona Heights Inn next door. They are a great neighbour. More 

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, the location could not be more beautiful! Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the Bras D'Or lakes, the Village is lovely. The staff are knowledgeable about the time period they represent and friendly! You begin your walk in Scotland, and follow the history of these Scottish immigrants through time as they journey to Canada and find a... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

The views are spectacular from the hill. We are fortunate to see them every day and never tire of them. We are pleased that you also mentioned how much we enjoy having children and animals on the site. Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

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